Renault was teasing an electric vehicle “surprise” coming to the Geneva Motor Show, which they unveiled today – the first day of the trade show.
The French automaker debuted a new all-electric sport concept built on the ZOE: The ZOE e-Sport Concept.
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The ZOE is one of the most popular all-electric vehicles in Europe and that’s partly because Renault made it look like most European compact vehicles and not some EV-centric design that is rarely appreciated.
It doesn’t mean that the vehicle doesn’t need a design refresh every once in a while. That’s what Renault is testing today with a new sportier concept based on its flagship electric vehicle.
The ZOE e-Sport Concept features a new lightweight carbon fiber body which reduces the weight of the car to 1,400 kg:
The ZOE e-Sport Concept is the fully electric concept car that embodies Renault’s commitment to the idea that electric cars can be fun and fast. The sporting credentials of the ZOE e-Sport Concept extend beyond the car’s styling and the same striking blue livery as the Renault e.dams team’s front-running Formula E single-seaters. The bodywork of the ZOE e-Sport Concept is made entirely from lightweight carbon fibre, which helps to ensure outstanding acceleration from standstill to 100kph in just 3.2 seconds. The car tips the scales at a mere 1,400 kilograms, including 450 kilograms of batteries.
Renault has already made a great improvement to the ZOE this year with the introduction of a 40 kWh battery pack option for a NEDC-rated range of 400 km (~250 miles). As usual, we would expect the actual real world range to be closer to 200 miles.
At the equivalent of roughly $32,000 before incentive, the vehicle is competitive to buy and for people who can work with leasing the battery, the cost can come down to about ~$22,000.
The new 40 kWh pack, the biggest of its kind in Europe aside from Tesla’s, just started being delivered in France last December and it’s now going to more countries.
It looks like Renault is betting on the model and hopefully, we will get to see more EVs developed using the knowledge acquired from the vehicle program. Maybe a new sport version is a start, but no plan to bring it to market has been released today.
Here are a few pictures of the concept: